Well after a not too bad recovery week post-Geneva keeping the runs nice and easy, I had a nice Saturday off for a bit of rest. Sunday was to be my first experience of the hill of pain, Fountains Abbey 10k is a running event which I would describe as Multi-terrain, it is an annual run which is located about 15 minutes drive from the historic fountains Abbey. The start/finish is located in Grantley village near the very good Grantley Arms for the start, and uses the primary school grass field for its finish. The event is well organized by A team of very experienced volunteers headed by Mark Reed the race director who’s been making this run happen for a number of years, and has managed to raise an incredible amount of money for charity.
As I arrived at Grantley i was directed to the parking area, then got my self to the registration point which was a hall with loads of runners milling round putting on race numbers and catching up with friends, I got my number and pinned it on to my top and went out in to the sunshine, walking through loads of runners with all their different coloured tops i found a group of quakers which is my running team, they were getting ready to have a picture taken by Karen hartland who you will find at most of the northern events giving her time to take pictures for everyone.
most of the picture i use with my Quakers top on are karen’s. We had a picture taken and made our way to the start. The race director thanked everyone for coming then a big round of applause, then we were off down a small road then off on to a farm track, and then 2-3 km down to the (puddle) which is full of mud, most people dodged round it, then we climbed a grass bank which was hard I asked another runner if this was the hill of pain but it wasn’t, this I was told was just a small one! We carried on down some more Country tracks with some nice views then we hit tarmack again, nice leval ground, I can get my heart rate back down for a bit. Then we go up and down following the roads and all the race Marshalls I remember seeing the 8km marker then going down a hill and seeing a big red sign with “hill of pain” yes there it is the hill seemed to go up in two stages very steep then went up steeper and round to the left. That was a tough hill to have at the end of a 10k.
We made it back in to Grantley village and was directed to the right, to go round the back of the school and one lap round the grass field then the finish was there, all done, I’m happy but totally knackered, Mark Reed was there to say well done to every runner, we went to a marquee to pick up our finishes pack which was very good and with a nice t-shirt, I liked this run very much and I will definitely be back next year I would definitely suggest you give it a go…